Retain Bone Structure with Dental Implants

Linden NJ dentist, Anatoly Bensianoff, speaks about dental implants vs. dentures and your options for treating periodontal bone loss  from gum disease. Dr. Bensianoff can use dental implants in conjunction with full or partial dentures to retain bone structure. The aesthetic appearance, cost, and functionality of dental implants, in comparison with conventional dentures, is discussed, as well as patients’ concerns.

Linden NJ dentistIf you have ever been faced with losing all or most of your teeth, you know how traumatic this experience can be. Besides the feelings of loss associated with missing teeth, you also have some decisions to make. Many patients go with traditional dentures since this seems to be the simplest and least expensive way to solve the problem. However, dentures do not totally solve the problems caused by missing teeth.

The Relationship between the Jawbone and the Teeth

The jawbone and teeth work together in a symbiotic relationship, meaning that they depend on each other to remain healthy. The teeth use the jawbone as an anchor, but the jawbone also anchors around the teeth. When teeth go missing for a long period of time, the jawbone will waste away without the teeth to stimulate it and hold it in place. It is this process that makes long-term dentures a less desirable option. Since the dentures don’t stimulate or anchor the jawbone in place, they do nothing to keep it healthy. Patients with dentures often find that over time the bone structure in their jaw and face starts to waste away, leaving the face with a sunken appearance.

Implant Dentures

This is why Dr. Bensianoff encourages patients to go with implant-supported dentures, whenever possible. Dental implants replace not just the visible portion of the tooth, but the root as well.  A dental implant utilizes a small screw that is inserted into the jawbone to hold the replacement teeth in place. The jawbone then grows around the implant just as it would the natural root of a tooth. The result is that replacement teeth are held in place more permanently and the jawbone has the anchor it needs to remain healthy.

An entire mouthful of dental implants would be expensive, but now a full set of dentures can be attached to just four dental implants to hold it in place. This solves many problems at once:

  • Implant-supported dentures are much more affordable than a full set of dental implants.
  • With several dental implants in place, the jawbone will remain healthy and intact.
  • The new set of dentures can stay in place permanently, without the need for daily removal.
  • Implant-supported dentures are more resilient, with the ability to chew foods such as apples and steak.

If you think you might be a good candidate for dental implants, give us a call, or learn more:

Call us at (908) 486-5000 to schedule an appointment, or click here to fill out our appointment form.

Dr. Anatoly Bensianoff, your Linden New Jersey dentist, offers dental services to the residents of Linden, Roselle, Roselle Park, Elizabeth, Rahway, Cranford, Clark, Kenilworth, Garwood, Carteret, Avenel, Union, Colonia, Hillside, Staten Island, Port Reading, and Westfield.